PowerRay : The underwater drone for filmmakers and fishermen
Tuesday 25 April 2017

PowerRay : The underwater drone for filmmakers  and fishermen

PowerRay is a submersible camera drone designed for home use. This waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. This devise is created by the same team who created the ‘PowerEgg’, the ovoid flying robot. The creators have begun accepting orders for this new device. It can operate at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet for up to four hours at a time.

The PowerRay explorer, the basic package has a 50 meter cable that tethers the device back to a base station above water. All PowerRays have a 4K camera on board. Besides keeping the drone from getting lost in a strong current, the cable transmits power to and video from the PowerRay back to the base station.

The PowerRay Angler, the mid-level package, gives fishermen a way to cheat, homing in on prey underwater with the company’s “Powerseeker Fishfinder,” shining lights and dropping bait to attract them using a remotely operated “Bait Drop Line.”

The PowerRay Wizard edition includes a VR headset that lets users watch what they’re recording in a kind of immersive open water exploration that doesn’t require a wetsuit.

PowerRay is suitable for use in fresh-, salt-or chlorinated-water.  But it remains to be seen how outdoor and marine biology enthusiasts may embrace or reject this technology.

Like any other devices, PowerRay also faces competition in the US Market, from the makers of other underwater drones and waterproof cameras. The PowerRays cost from $1,488 to $1,888 in the US, and €1,599 to €2,099 in European markets.